Klausschellen im Glarnerland (GL)

Glarnerland

Elm GL: Ämpächli

Elm GL: Ämpächli

Elm GL: Village

Elm GL: Village

Steinibach: Falera - Alpenarena Flims-Laax-Falera

Steinibach: Falera - Alpenarena Flims-Laax-Falera

Elm GL: Elm, Dorf - Martinsloch

Elm GL: Elm, Dorf - Martinsloch

Steinibach: Flims Rens - Alpenarena Flims-Laax-Falera

Steinibach: Flims Rens - Alpenarena Flims-Laax-Falera

Elm GL: Munggä Hüttä

Elm GL: Munggä Hüttä

Mollis: Flugplatz - Nord

Mollis: Flugplatz - Nord

Mollis: Flugplatz - Süd

Mollis: Flugplatz - Süd

Mollis: Naturfreundehaus Fronalp, Skigebiet Schilt oberhalb - Glarnerland

Mollis: Naturfreundehaus Fronalp, Skigebiet Schilt oberhalb - Glarnerland

Braunwald GL: Ortstock

Braunwald GL: Ortstock

Braunwald GL: Tödi

Braunwald GL: Tödi

Braunwald GL: Eggstöcke

Braunwald GL: Eggstöcke

Grotzenbüel

Grotzenbüel

Braunwald GL

Braunwald GL

Braunwald GL: Kärpf

Braunwald GL: Kärpf

Ennenda: Blick von Bergstation Aeugstenbahn ins Glarnerland

Ennenda: Blick von Bergstation Aeugstenbahn ins Glarnerland

Glarus › Süd: Kantonsspital

Glarus › Süd: Kantonsspital

Näfels › Süd

Näfels › Süd

Näfels: Obersee

Näfels: Obersee

Näfels: Fronalpstock - Rautispitz - Wiggis - Vrenelisgärtli - Hausstock

Näfels: Fronalpstock - Rautispitz - Wiggis - Vrenelisgärtli - Hausstock

Netstal: Lerchenstrasse

Netstal: Lerchenstrasse

Schwanden GL: Mettmen

Schwanden GL: Mettmen

Schwanden GL: Blick von - nach Süden (Richtung Tödi)

Schwanden GL: Blick von - nach Süden (Richtung Tödi)

Niedern Stafel: SAC Leglerhütte 2273 m. mitten im Freiberg am Fusse des Kärpf

Niedern Stafel: SAC Leglerhütte 2273 m. mitten im Freiberg am Fusse des Kärpf

Linthal GL

Linthal GL

Matt GL: Weissenberge

Matt GL: Weissenberge

Matt GL: Weissenberge

Matt GL: Weissenberge

Matt GL: Weissenberge Glarnerland

Matt GL: Weissenberge Glarnerland

Matt GL: Weissenberge Glarnerland

Matt GL: Weissenberge Glarnerland

Engi GL: Engi Vorderdorf

Engi GL: Engi Vorderdorf

December 6

On December 6, or a date near it, the schoolchildren of most Glarus communities parade through their villages, ringing and jingling bells of all sizes, sometimes in rhythmic unison, sometimes in wild abandon. The sound of the bells reminds the inhabitants that a gift is due on this day. Most of the time it is something nice to eat, handed over at the doorway.

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This custom dates back to the time of industrialisation, which began very early in the Glarnerland. In those days it mainly involved the textile industry. Ringing the bells and begging for gifts was the privilege of working-class children who were thus given the opportunity to improve their meager rations. Social barriers have long since disappeared, but the custom remains. Today, all children in fourth grade and older may take part in it.

Although the villages are near one another, it should be noted that the custom is observed on different dates, at different times of the day, and in different ways, always depending on local custom. The variety reflects both different developments of the custom and the desire of each village to keep its own, disctinct profile.

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